During summer we want to spend more time outside. If you have a house with a yard or a cottage with a garden, this is probably the place you dream about the rest of the year. Maintaining a garden has enormous he alth and mental benefits. Your body and mind work in wonderful harmony when you garden Why should you do it more often?
Mowing the lawn, planting flowers, vegetables, growing fruit and fruit trees are just some of the activities one can have in the garden. Laying out the paths, maintaining beautiful fountains, decorating with lights and lanterns are activities that give great pleasure, especially after you see the end result.
Gardening is also a way to exercise without feeling like you're doing it. Mowing the lawn with a lawnmower burns an average of 250 to 350 calories per hour. This is comparable to an average 30-minute cardio workout, which has been shown to have great he alth, cardiovascular and weight benefits.
According to research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, cited by he althdigest.com, gardening activity practiced at least once a week reduces the risk of early mortality by up to 18%.
Gardening has both physical, mental, and emotional benefits. It is a combination of physical and mental work that is rewarded by the delight that the final beautiful result gives to the eye.
Every movement and action you take in the garden, even the smallest, such as blowing the leaves with the machine, strains your muscles. This, apart from physical training, is also a way to stimulate the secretion of serotonin.Movement, accompanied by the pleasure of a job well done, stimulates the creation of a cocktail of substances that improve mood and fight stress and anxiety.
Gardening also involves squatting, bending, straining your joints and tendons in order to be able to complete the difficult tasks you are given in the garden. These activities develop flexibility and mobility of the body, which are of great importance for the he alth of the musculoskeletal system. These activities also burn quite a few calories per hour.
Gardening reduces anxiety, restlessness and depression caused by chronic stress in everyday life. It's a way to unload the mental and emotional baggage you accumulate during the week.
If you're gardening in the summer, don't forget the safety precautions you should take when working outdoors. Use sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids.